As part of our 155th Anniversary celebrations, we are shining the spotlight on the people who help make us who we are. At TJL, People are our first Core Value and we are lucky to have a fantastic team working throughout each of our 7 divisions.
This month, we’re speaking to Ross, one of our Site Managers. Always a welcoming face on site, Ross started his career ‘on the tools’ as a Joiner and has risen through the ranks at TJL to his current role. We caught up with him earlier to speak to him about his time at TJL:
Name: Ross Johnston
Job Title: Site Manager
How long have you worked at TJL? 22 years
You at Work:
- What was your first job?
I worked at the WH Smith on Sauchiehall Street.
- How did you get started in the industry?
I did my Joinery Apprenticeship after leaving school. I had always wanted to be a joiner, so it was an easy choice for me.
- What are you most proud of in your career?
I’m proud of my progression: I started as an apprentice joiner & now I manage multimillion-pound sites all over Scotland. I’m also proud of my length of service with TJs. I’ve worked here for over 20 years!
- Why do you like working at Thomas Johnstone?
Thomas Johnstone has a great reputation within the industry as a quality contractor. This means I’ve been on some great contracts, working with prestigious clients.
- Tell us about your favourite project to date.
When I was 22, I travelled to Amsterdam to work on a Starbucks coffee factory.
- What is the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
Always tidy up after yourself and be polite and courteous.
- How do you describe what you do for a living to family and friends?
I’m a Construction Site Manager who generally looks after the day-to-day running of a construction site.
- What is one thing you wish people knew about your job?
The stress it sometimes puts you under and the effort that goes into doing the job well.
You Outside of Work:
- Tea or Coffee?
Coffee, and lots of it!
- What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not working?
I like to spend time with my family and friends.
- Who would you like to swap places with for a day?
Sir David Attenborough
- What song do you have on repeat right now?
An old school song no one would understand
- Tell us something else we don’t know about you.
I like to help out at the walled peace garden in Barshaw Park, Paisley; lending a hand with maintaining the garden.